We are furious after the council painted double yellow lines in front of our houses – we have nowhere to park our cars
NEIGHBORS are angry after double yellow lines were painted right in front of their houses.
Locals in Oakhill, Stoke-on-Trent, claim they have nowhere to park their cars thanks to the ‘botch’ council.
The council extended the lines in one section to try to stop parents at two nearby schools from parking there.
But angry homeowners claim parents are still parking there without traffic cops patrolling at drop-off or pick-up times.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has added a further section of Keelings Drive to the existing double yellow lines.
The double yellow lines near Oakhill Primary School and St Joseph’s College became enforceable on 9 January.
Diane Cambridge, 53, is furious at the lines and claims her builder husband Chris has already received six parking tickets.
The NHS community worker said: “It’s ridiculous that I can no longer park in front of my house.
“The Council is behaving like tin dictators. We complained but they took no notice.
“I’m not allowed to park in front of my own house, but parents park on the sidewalk and are not penalized.
“My friends and family can’t visit me because they don’t have a parking space now.”
Diane says the parking restrictions aren’t even well enforced, making them useless.
“We’d love to pay for parking, but they just don’t want to know.
“My husband Chris has to park his work car there. He’s had six tickets so far and they even put one behind the other.
“But the park rangers don’t come during school hours.
“They are not taking action against the parents or students who park here.
She added: “We are devastated and it has taken a real toll on us.
“But the Council just doesn’t want to see any point.
“I’ve lived here for 30 years and these are the first parking restrictions. But they have to go.”
Retired plasterer Thomas Cadman, 86, said: “It’s just crazy how they just put them up.
“They were a bit slimy when they suddenly put it up.”
While his wife Margaret, 82, said: “It’s disgusting what happened.
“They didn’t deal fairly and I don’t see what difference that will make.
“Parents will still park on it to be close to the school.”
The grandmother of three, who worked as a cup holder in a pottery factory, added: “It seems very spiteful to suddenly put them in front of our homes.
“It gets very crowded in the mornings and afternoons, but other times it’s fine.”
“Nothing will change, parents will park where they want or block people’s driveways.”
Tony Hughes, 43
Resident Tony Hughes, 43, said: “It’s a bit of a rat run.
“But the new double lines seem too exaggerated.
“Nothing will change — parents will park where they want or block people’s driveways.”
A council spokesman said: “We have consulted proposals to extend the yellow lines at this location. No objections were received.”
It comes as neighbors complained that their lives are being made hell by “selfish” parents who lock them up in their homes with poor parking.
Those living on the streets say they have been abused by parents picking up children from the nearby school.
Meanwhile, another community has been slammed by neighbors for their “lazy job” resurfacing.
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